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: NRL Rugby League - Round 1 Parramatta EELS v NZ Warriors at Parramatta Stadium sunday the 9th of March 2014 . Digital Image by Grant Trouville ©

Dyldam Parramatta Eels hooker Nathan Peats says the Blue and Gold is hungrier than ever to win in 2014.

After a last-minute defeat at the hands of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Round Three, Peats said the positives from the Eels’ performance on the day haven’t distracted the side from the fact that the Sea Eagles took home the two premiership points. 

“We’re obviously disappointed with the loss even though we lost the way we did,” Peats said.

“Like we’ve said all week, close enough’s not good enough.”

“We’ve got a different mentality this year with a new squad and coach, and that’s the culture we’re starting to bring here now.”

“We’re aiming to win every week: that’s how it is and if we lose we’re disappointed.”

“That’s how I am personally and most of the boys are as well.”

With two matches under his belt already in the 2014 season, including his first try in Parramatta colours against the Sea Eagles on Sunday, Peats is settling into his new colours and his new eighty-minute role as a starting number nine.

“That’s the reason I came here, to get some long minutes in games and I’ve been playing 80 minutes [so far]” Peats said.

“I’m feeling good. I’m just looking forward to playing the Panthers this weekend and hopefully getting the win.”

“The boys have talked it up this week and they enjoy playing Penrith so I think it’s [a rivalry] I’m going to have to get used to and start enjoying in the years to come.”

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